Low-Carb Health and Nutrition
By Laura Dolson, About.com Guide
- Eating Healthy While Eating Low-Carb
- Low-Carb Super Foods
- All About Carbohydrates
- Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load
Eating Healthy While Eating Low-Carb
Have you heard that low-carb diets are low in nutrients? Well, the truth is that ANY diet can be low or high in nutrients, depending on what your choices are. This information can help you make healthy choices in your day-to-day eating.
- Making Your Carbs Count - Getting the Most Nutrition for the Least Carb
- Low-Carb Food Pyramid
- Low-Carb Guide to Nutrition Labels
- How Much Protein Do You Need?
- Top Ten Low-Carb Mistakes
Low-Carb Super Foods
These foods are low in carbs and high in nutrients. Many of them have special health benefits from properties such as high levels of antioxidants. These articles have information about the foods and links to recipes.
All About Carbohydrates
What are carbohydrates? Are some better than others? Yes! Find about about carbs, from the simple to the complex, from the rapidly-digested to the indigestible.
- Carb Counts of Common Foods
- Introduction to Carbohydrates
- Sugar's Many Disguises
- Seven Facts to Remember about Carbohydrates
- All About Complex Carbohydrates -- Starches
- Fiber Basics
- Fiber -- Advanced Info
- Low-Carb High-Fiber Foods
- Don't Resist This Starch! Benefits of Resistant Starch
- Oligosaccharides and Prebiotics -- Basics and Health Benefits
Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load
Some carbohydrate-rich foods cause more of a blood sugar rise than others. The glycemic index and glycemic load are two ways of trying to predict which ones cause a faster and higher rise. But these methods have their limitations. Learn all about it here.
Diabetes and Prediabetes
The traditional position of the American Diabetes Association is that diabetics should eat a lot of sugar (all carbs, whether found in candy or potatoes are essentially made of sugar). Not surprisingly, many diabetics and prediabetics find that this is not the most effective way to control their blood glucose. Rather than take more medication, they prefer to cut back on carbohydrates. I include an interview with Dr. Mary Vernon, a physician who uses carbohydrate reduction to treat diabetes and obesity.
- What is Diabetes and How Does it Develop?
- Mary Vernon -- Making Patients Happy While Treating Diabetes and Obesity
- Six Steps for Diabetes Prevention
- What is Insulin Resistance?
- Laura's Criticism of the ADA Stance on Low-Carb Diets
- Why I Test my Blood Sugar, Even Though I'm not Diabetic
Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Do low-carb diets contribute to the risk of heart disease? Far from it. Find out more here.
- How do Low-Carb Diets Affect Cholesterol and Triglycerides?
- Low-Carb Diets Improve Cholesterol Even Without Weight Loss
- Low-Carb Diets Don't Raise Heart Attack Risk
- Low-Fat Diets Don't Protect Against Heart Disease
Other Health-Related Issues
How certain medications may interact with eating low carb, and other health issues that people are sometimes concerned about.